Happy Birthday Kate!!
The car ride home from the beach went by pretty quickly, especially because I got to snack on a new Banana Bread Clif Bar! I liked it a lot, and it had lots of chew.
We got home with exactly enough time to unpack and get dressed for a night out with my girlfriends. We told Kate to be ready at 6pm and picked her up for dinner and drinks at D’Vine Wine Cafe, a new wine bar + restaurant in Ballantyne. It turned out to be the perfect choice!!
The girls all got white flights that came in these cool chandelier holders, and I decided on a half glass of red. I didn’t have much red all weekend because I always drink wine too fast when I am standing up, so I stuck to more slowly sipped cocktails, but I LOVE RED WINE, so tonight I got a delicious Petit Syrah and sipped it throughout dinner. I wanted another, but after a weekend of partying, I half a glass was plenty.
The Earthquake from Lodi –
We decided to choose a bunch of small plates to share for the table, starting with a spinach salad split 5 ways –
And a cheese plate!
- Cotswald Cheddar – England
- Manchego – Spain
- Ivernia – Ireland
Which came with pitas + toast
Followed by a hummus plate with a Red Bean, Edamame and Traditional hummus –
My Round I plates –
Next we had Apple and Fig, Toasted bread and melted brie – d’vine!
Lobster, Crab, and Corn Fritters with warm apple chutney –
Split 5 ways we each got a half. These were so delicious!
Seared Scallops in a Thai coconut sauce
Servings – Kate gave me the lobster claw!
Last but not least, three sliders: Kobe beef, lobster and crab cake, and seared tuna with a bean salad
Which also came with some kettle chips! I had the beef plus a bite of the lobster one, a second scallop half and some beans
What’s a birthday without dessert!? Luckily they had some sharable options – a selection of 3 cheesecakes, which we cut into 4 pieces
And some Kilwin’s chocolates, also portioned for 5
Just a taste of each!
The owner of D’Vine was so nice to us and put the dessert on the house. They have lots of wine tastings and dinners coming up, so we will definitely be back. We were all impressed by the food!
After dinner some were still craving chocolate, so we went to Kilwin’s across the way to oogle at the fudge –
I tried a sample of a butterscotch kind, but was pretty full, so I brought it home for Matt as a surprise on the kitchen table when he comes home at 4a.
I am so fooded out!!! All I want are salads and smoothies. Time for the pendulum (and the pit!?) to swing the other way.
Here’s to the end of a fantastically fun yet very tiring weekend